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ELLINGER, James Monroe Sr. L; "The Mayor of the Dining Room" at Waterstone senior housing in Wellesley, passed away at his residence on September 29, 2016. He was 86 years old.

Mr. Ellinger was born and raised in Masontown, PA, to the late Floyd and Mabel Ellinger. He was a 1948 graduate of Masontown High School and later attended Temple University in Philadelphia. He was also a member of the Freemasons Lodge in Masontown.

In 1951 he married his wife of 55 years, Barbara (Bissell) Ellinger. They lived in Chelmsford, MA, for many years before retiring to San Diego, where she passed away in 2006.

He was an early employee of Digital Equipment Corporation, working at several locations during his career. Mr. Ellinger was a Korean Era Veteran, having served as a Sergeant with the Army Air Force, the US Air Force, and the US Air Force Reserve from 1948-1955.

He is survived by his sons, Jim Jr. and his wife Gina of Oak Harbor, WA, and Vernon and his wife Deborah of Wellesley Hills. He is also survived by his granddaughters Christie and Katie Ellinger, both of Boston. A "celebration of his life" party was held by family and friends at Waterstone at Wellesley. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

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Published in Boston Globe from Oct. 3 to Oct. 4, 2016.
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September 27, 2020
He was a kind and thoughtful man. He always remembered to drop by and see us while he delivered lunch to Elsa, who was blind and home-bound.
Elaine Boyer
October 21, 2016
Dear Family of Jim,
Jim am I were good friends in High School & got reacquainted at an All Class Reunion at the Masontown High School. We have kept in touch since and talked by phone often, I was shocked to get the message that his phone was no longer in service and shocked again to hear that he had passed. He was a wonderful friend; I will miss his phone calls. I send my deepest sympathy to you all for your loss.
Shirley Ralston
October 4, 2016
I believe we first met Jim Senior and his wife at the California Speedway Race Track on a cold, rainy January day. Jim Sr. was an avid supporter of Jim Jr's racing and all of who raced with him (including me). In later discussions with him, I realized that our paths had crossed before when Jim Sr worked for Digital Equipment Corp. Over the years, we had many interesting conversations and I was always thankful for his presence at my mother's memorial service In NH. Jim was a great guy and his passing will cause many of us to stop and reflect on our own lives. Jim, we miss you and may you rest in peace. Dave and Julie Pheteplace, Monument, Colorado.
October 3, 2016
We are so sad to learn of Jim's passing. He dropped by Jordan a visit just a couple of months ago.

We will miss his visits and pray that he is in a happier place. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family
Elaine & Lou Boyer
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